Ugh, don’t you just hate when you accidentally pack a gun in your lunch box when going to work? CBS Boston is reporting how a TSA agent at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport packed a gun in his/her lunchbox last Friday. This was only discovered when the worker underwent a security screening before their shift started (I didn’t realize this was a thing that the TSA did).
No charges were filed against the TSA worker, and it’s not clear yet if they’ll be disciplined in any way (given that we’re talking about the TSA, my guess is “no”). If a passenger tried to bring a firearm through security they’d be fined a minimum of $500-2,000, and would potentially face other charges as well.
On the plus side, I guess we should be impressed that the TSA found the weapon, given that they miss a vast majority of weapons that are brought through checkpoints.
It’s quite alarming that the TSA found 3,391 guns in carry-on bags in 2016, and 83% of those were loaded. I don’t even want to think of how many loaded guns made it through security without anyone noticing, given the TSA’s track record.
I’m not a gun owner, so perhaps I can’t fully appreciate all the challenges that come with owning one, but I feel like if you can “accidentally” pack a gun in your lunchbox you probably shouldn’t have one.